The 22nd Governorís Bay Bridge Run

Sunday, May 6, 2007

 

 

The Governorís Bay Bridge Run is a 10k race across the eastbound span of the William Preston Lane Memorial Bridge over the beautiful Chesapeake Bay.Beginning on Kent Island, the course ascends two miles to the highest point on the bridge, descends two miles, and finishes on flat roads into nearby Sandy Point State Park.

Conducted by the Annapolis Striders, the 10k is held in conjunction with, but is separate from, the Bay Bridge Walk and is controlled by the Maryland Transportation Authority and the Department of Natural Resources.There is no access to the Walk from the Bridge Run course or from Sandy Point.Proceeds from the race go to the Chesapeake Bay Trust in support of the Bay.

 

 

Registration:Registration is available through Active.com beginning in January 2007.An email confirmation will be sent to you.A printable application is also available from this web site.The race has a 3000 runner limit and usually closes mid April.

 

Date:Sunday, May 6, 2007

 

Place and Time:All runners must ride busses from Sandy Point State Park to the start line on Kent Island.Busses will depart Sandy Point at 7:00 AM sharp!They will not pick up stragglers after the doors are shut.The Maryland Transportation Authority provides the busses and their policies will apply.Fanny packs are the only item that runners will be allowed to bring on the bus.Random security checks may occur.A clothing drop will be available at the start line area and volunteers will return the clothes to the finish line area .

 

Plan to arrive at Sandy Point early as traffic entering the park can be congested.†† The park will open at 5:30 AM.Volunteers will direct parking.Port-o-johns and water will be available in the bus boarding area.Please allow plenty of time to arrive at Sandy Point, park, and board your bus by 6:45 AM.Only runners will be allowed to board the busses.

 

Water and port-o johns will be available at the start line area on Kent Island.

Race starts at 8:00 AM.

 

Rules:No headphones, no wheels, no pets, and no runners who expect to run slower than a 12 min/mile pace.The Transportation Authority will close the course before the Rt 50 overpass at a time determined slower than the 12-min/mile requirement to allow traffic to begin to exit Sandy Point.Runners still on the course at that time will be required to board a bus to enter the park.

The course is not USTFA certified and is not appropriate for wheelchairs.

 

Timing:The Bay Bridge run will use ChampionChip timing to allow runners an accurate record of their time.All runners will receive their chip at packet pickup and will be required to attach it to their shoe.Volunteers will collect chips at the finish line.Runners will be assessed a $30.00 fee for unreturned chips.

Start line mats, used for chip timing, will be removed 10 minutes after the start of the race.All runners will need to cross the start line prior to mat removal.

 

Awards:Awards will be given to the top three overall, male and female, and first master, male and female, as determined by gun time.Age group awards will go to the top three finishers in 5-year age groups based on participation.Age group awards will be determined by chip time.Awards will be presented after 10:00 AM near the finish line.Winners not present will need to make arrangements to pick up their award.

 

Fee:$30.00óNo Transfers---No Refunds

 

Proceeds from the race go to the Chesapeake Bay Trust.To learn more about the Trust go to http://www.chesapeakebaytrust.org/.

 

Help protect our bay by making your tax-deductible donation directly to the Trust.

 

 

Packet pickup:Packet Pick-up will be held in the lobby of the Sajak Pavilion, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Jennifer Rd, Annapolis, MD on Saturday, May 5, 2007 from 10:00-4:00.Runners can pick up their bib, chip, and premium and avoid the long lines at Sandy Point on race morning.

 

Premium:The first 2500 registered runners are eligible to receive the custom designed 2007 Bay Bridge Run gym bag constructed of quality fabric with plenty of room for all of your gear.

All finishers will receive the 2007 custom medal.

 

Lodging:contact the Annapolis Visitors Bureau (410-280-0445) for assistance with Annapolis area hotels, motels, and B&B.

 

Cancellation Policy:The Bay Bridge Run is held in conjunction with the annual Bay Bridge Walk conducted by the Maryland Transportation Authority.The Authority and other Maryland agencies have the right to cancel the Walk and Run for any reason.The Striders have no input or control over their decision.†† If the Bay Bridge Walk is cancelled, the Run is also cancelled.The Striders and sponsors cannot be held responsible in the event of cancellation.If cancellation occurs within a time limit determined by the race director, premium distribution may or may not occur.There are no refunds or transfers of registration fees.

 

Alternate course:In the event of cancellation, the Striders may choose to run the race on an alternate course within Sandy Point State Park with the same date and starting time pending approval by the Transportation Authority, Sandy Point (DNR), and other involved agencies.

 

Please insure that the email address you provide is accurate so that you can be contacted with any important decisions concerning the Bay Bridge Run 10k.

 

 

Bay Bridge Walk:Runners and others can participate in the Walk only by boarding busses at designated sites- not Sandy Point.For additional Walk information, visit the Transportation Authority websites.

 

Race Director:Melissa Currence

 

For more information: Email bridge10k@hotmail.com

 

 

 

This race depends on many volunteers.Please consider donating some of your time.Invite your friends and family to volunteer.